Where are the loves that we have loved before
When once we are alone, and shut the door?
No matter whose the arms that held me fast,
The arms of Darkness hold me at the last.
No matter down what primrose path I tend,
I kiss the lips of Silence in the end.
No matter on what heart I found delight,
I come again unto the breast of Night.
No matter when or how love did befall,
’Tis Loneliness that loves me best of all,
And in the end she claims me, and I know
That she will stay, though all the rest may go.
No matter whose the eyes that I would keep
Near in the dark, ’tis in the eyes of Sleep
That I must look and look forever more,
When once I am alone, and shut the door.
This poem is in the public domain.
About this Poem
“L’Envoi” was published in April Twilights (The Gorham Press, 1903).
Willa Cather was born near Gore, Virginia, in 1873.
Date Published: 2017-07-29
Source URL: https://poets.org/poem/lenvoi